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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”

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3.7
ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a clear, deep bronze body with a medium, off-white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Nose is complex: dark malts, grain, licorice and wood. Taste is equally complex; a nice and rich blend of toasted bread, licorice and whiskey barrel oak notes. Nicely balanced tones of hop bitterness lingering in the finish along with roasted malts. Ola Dubh is indeed a very smooth and delicious Old Ale from Scotland.

3.8
Pinball (12598) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2010
clear dark brown, smooth very nice looknig light brown head that doesn’t stay for very long. aroma of roasted grains, english licorice, whiskey, wood. flavor is roasted stuff, lots of salty licorice, some english licorice, some whiskey, some wood,

4.8
thepegjett (1281) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2010
A - Roasted chocolate and caramel aroma, with hints of scotch A - Black with creamy brown head T - Slightly sweet with full, but controlled bitter finish P - Soft and creamy O - Wow...this may be the best beer I have ever tasted. The search may be over.....

4.2
dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Pretty insane stuff. The aroma is straight up bourbon and oak. The ABV is only 8% but it makes you think twice, if I didn’t know the ABV I would have guessed 11 or 12 %. It’s damn good.

4
Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle from Sept 2007. Pours black with a thin and very bubbly head. Aroma is of dark malts and scotch. Taste is very smooth and tastes as if its a nice blend of a stout with hints of scotch and sweetness to it. Very good, much better than I expected.

4.2
hophop (27) - SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2010
Shared with Jim at the Anderson, Fortrose. Excellent whicky cask aged stout from one of the best Scottish breweries. Beautiful marriage of the honeyish, slightly peaty Highland Park notes with the roasty stout notes. Much better integration of flavour than I find from many similar whisky cask stouts.

3.8
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Notes: 12 oz bottle, 2007 vintage poured into a snifter. Pours a deep oily brown hue with a nice brown head. The nose is peat, smoke, oak, scotch whiskey, and chocolate. The taste is big on the smokey, rich flavors of the scotch and the oakiness of the barrels. The chocolate comes in the middle and finishes with an excellent scotch taste. The mouthfeel is initially moderate-medium bodied but ends up being dry like a nice scotch. A truly great offering from Harviestoun, i;d buy again.

3.9
larsga (7675) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2010
Medium darkish brown head. Opaque black body. Strong chocolatey toffee aroma with notes of cocoa, marzipan, and alcohol. Sweet, powerful chocolatey roasty cocoa taste with toffee and alcohol notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dryish roasty charcoal smoke aftertaste with wooden notes. Lovely peaty smokiness settles in the mouth as you drink. Excellent balance between the bitter and the sweet, and lovely raw whisky smoke character. (0.33l bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh.)

3.9
madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2010
Bottled. Black coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, liqourice, fruits, light roast and spice. Flavour of chocolate, light ripe fruits, spice, light liqourice and some vague roast. Medium to full bodied. Dry sweet and fruity ligth bitterness in the end. I like this series Ola Dubh series. Very wellmade beers all of them.

3.1
Finn (8305) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 15, 2010
Flaske 0,33l. Dyp dyp rød. Nesten svart. Whiskyaroma. Smaken er svakt søtlig. Litt uvariert men gjennomgående whiskypreg. Lett bitter ettersmak. KI=4


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